Update- Former American Legion Site in the City of Downey

The following is an update regarding the County-owned former American Legion site at 11269 Garfield Ave in the City of Downey.  

Update- Thursday, February 14, 2019

The City of Downey has released a Notice of Preparation (NOP) for a Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR) for the Rancho Los Amigos South Campus Specific Plan.  This Specific Plan area includes the former American Legion site.  Please click here for a copy of the NOP. 

Among its stated goals, the Specific Plan will promote infill development of vacant properties and encourage various types of uses, including commercial, retail, mixed-use, residential and public/open space.  It is anticipated that the Specific Plan will alter the current zoning of the former American Legion site to allow the County’s proposed affordable housing for veterans project.   

The public comment period for the NOP closes on March 15, 2019.  There will also be a public scoping meeting on Monday, February 25, 2019 at the Barbara J. Riley Community Center 7810 Quill Dr., Downey, CA 90242 at 6:00 pm. The City is currently reviewing the NOP.

Update- Thursday, January 10, 2019 

This is to inform you that the County of Los Angeles has released a Request for Proposals (RFP) for an affordable housing project located at the former American Legion site (please see attached document).

The Project Site includes one (1) parcel owned by the County, totaling approximately 2.24 acres of land (97,440 square feet), and located in the City of Downey. Both the County and the City of Downey are interested in the development of the Project Site for use as affordable housing for veterans that also include common area space for counseling, physical rehabilitation, and a variety of social, workforce and other related community services for residents and other community members. Proposals are due to the County by February 21, 2019 at 4:30 p.m.

Update- Monday, December 03, 2018 

This is to inform you that demolition of the former American Legion site is scheduled to begin within the next 10 Days. We will be monitoring the process to make sure any impacts to the surrounding residences and businesses are minimized. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us.

Update- Thursday, November 29, 2018 

The City of South Gate will be having a Community Meeting regarding the former American Legion Site at 11269 Garfield Avenue. Below are details on the meeting:

  • Date: Wednesday, December 19, 2018
  • Time: 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
  • Location: South Gate Park Municipal Auditorium; 4900 Southern Avenue

Please feel free to invite anyone that is interested. You will have the opportunity to receive the latest information on the future development of the former American Legion Site.

Update- Thursday, November 15, 2018 

The American Legion agreed to vacate the LA County-owned property at 11269 Garfield Avenue by November 14, 2018. As of today, the American Legion is still moving furniture out of the buildings. Once the buildings are vacated, it is anticipated that the County will secure the buildings.

Also, yesterday, November 14th, 2018, the LA County Board of Supervisors authorized and appropriated funds for the demolition of the existing structures on the site.

Update- Thursday, October 25, 2018 

It has been confirmed that the American Legion signed a termination agreement with LA County and has until November 15, 2018 to vacate the property (page 3 of the agreement). Please click here for details on the agreement.

Update- Thursday, October 11, 2018

This is to inform you that at its October 9th meeting the South Gate City Council approved letters opposing the proposed homeless housing development at the American Legion site.  

Attached are the letters of opposition addressed to the City of South Gate and Los Angeles County Board of Supervisor Hilda Solis , City of Downey and Los Angeles County Board of Supervisor Janice Hahn, and City of Downey City Council . These letters have been mailed to the respective individuals. 

 Also, City staff will post any updates on the American Legion site on this website, under the page “Update – American Legion Site in the City of Downey”.

Update- Monday, October 8, 2018

This is to inform you that the South Gate City Council will be taking a formal position to oppose the proposed homeless housing development at the American Legion site.  This proposed development is a cooperative effort between the City of Downey and the County of Los Angeles.  The South Gate City Council will take action at its regularly scheduled meeting on Tuesday, October 9, 2018 at 6:30 pm in the South Gate Council Chamber, 8650 California Avenue, South Gate, CA.

To review the staff report and proposed letter stating the South Gate City Council’s opposition to the proposed homeless housing development at the American Legion site please click here. We will be providing an update on the action taken by the City Council following the Tuesday meeting.  


If you have any questions, please contact Dianne Guevara, Management Analyst, at (323) 563-9535 or at dguevara@sogate.org.